Brantwood also created another little piece of history at the end of the 2002/2003 season when the club achieved promotion to the Irish League First Division for the very first time. Phil Melville who had just been appointed as Football Youth Development Officer with Bangor Football Club, was unfortunately forced to relinquish his position as Brantwood coach due to both clubs now being in the same Division. However the club acted quickly and were delighted to secure the services of Paul Millar as Player/Coach, Paul having played at the highest level in England and back home with top clubs such as Linfield, Glentoran and Portadown.

Brantwood’s adventure in the First Division unfortunately only lasted one season, the team being relegated on the last day of the season on goal difference. Despite beating top teams such as Carrick Rangers twice and Ballyclare Comrades away from home, the inability to convert the many chances that came their way into goals was their main downfall whilst long term injuries to Phil Macauley and captain Ian Maitland certainly did not help matters.

Following the end of the 2004/2005 season, Manager Ivor McGucken decided to tender his resignation.In his two spells with the club which spanned over eighteen years, Ivor completed 686 games in charge.

New men in charge are Rab Irwin and his assistant David Keery, previously in charge of Crusaders Reserves.
Brantwood went on to win the Steels and Sons Cup for the 9th time Which wad played on the Saturday before Christmas day 23/12/2006.

After three years in charge Rab Irwin resigned after what he said Was “He had gone as far as he could with the players and the wage

So on June 14th 2008 Brantwood appointed a new manager in Philip (Joe) McCann And his asst Charlie Hampson
Joe’s  first trophy came on 25th July 2009 on winning the Bryansburn Tournament which we have entered from the Ivor McGucken days and never won
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